One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside is having a build-out! Freeside members get to flex their right to hack on the space infrastructure and hack Freeside itself into a collective vision. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to come and help us hack the space! We could always use extra hands for buildouts and are happy to show you around the space.

    Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and fitted clothing, and be ready to get your hands dirty! Freeside has safety goggles and ear protection, but feel free to bring your own.

    We will pretty much be there all day, come when you can.

    Some of the projects we're focusing on include:
    • Building temporary walls
    • Shifting major tools around the shop
    • Welding and constructing the auto bay ramp
    • Grinding the front concrete floor to prep it for epoxy
    • Workshop cleanup and organization.
    • Proving P is equal to NP.
    • Squaring the circle.
    • . . . And more to be announced!

    Come out and hack on the space with us!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, January 23 at 12:00 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and lunatics to collaborate. We host this meeting a couple of times a month on Tuesday so that people can check us out, chat with our members, and get together to plan projects, events, and classes.

    We'll do a quick meeting to introduce everyone, we'll update folks on the progress of projects and equipment in the space, announce classes and events, and occationally feature a 10-20 minute talk by a guest lecturer on an interesting subject. Afterwards, we'll break out into a more informal open house so people can chat, take a tour, and check out some of the cool stuff around the space.

    You can also check out our photo tour at:

    If you need any help or have a question, just email us at

    Atlanta, ga 30354 - USA

    Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Take your Arduino skills too the next level!

    You'll make a lamp that glows, flickers, or pulses, looking interesting, a concrete example of what you can make.

    You'll also learn, and do, some things not covered in the Intro to Arduino class.

    You'll learn how to control a strip of LED's to make them change color and brightness, and move in patterns.

    You'll learn how to install additional libraries of software, so you will be able to make use of a lot of great software others have written and contributed.

    You'll learn how to let Arduinos control devices that need more power than an Arduino can provide directly.

    You'll learn some fabrication techniques that you can use in other projects.

    Some prior Arduino (or other) programming experience would be helpful, but is not required to take this class. You'll go home with your very own glowing cloud to hang on the wall!

    The workshop takes about 3 hours.

    PRICE:- $60 for non-members of Freeside- $30 for members of Freeside (please pay full amount and we will refund you the difference.)

    Price includes: An Arduino Uno clone, an LED strip, and materials needed to build your cloud. You will get to take these home with you!

    - A laptop computer with WiFi
    - An installed copy of the Arduino IDE (it's free) - here's where to get it:
    - An installed driver for the CH340 serial chip - here is a discussion about how to do this:

    PLEASE have the IDE and the driver installed BEFORE the Meetup.

    Building on the basics of using an Arduino, this class will move forward, anddiscuss:- how to use libraries of code, benefitting from the work of others- how to work with the LED strips that will illuminate your cloud- how addressable RGB LED's work, and how the library we will use controls them- circuit design to allow an Arduino to control something it is not actually powering.

    Atlanta, GA 30354 - USA

    Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 60.00 USD